11th Grade Labor Podcasts
During the fall semester, juniors in Sara Price’s Humanities class worked to identify themes in past labor issues and connect them to future labor issues. The students researched specific issues about the labor market and used their learning to produce professional podcasts including interviews with local experts. “It really helped learning from people that had experience in these fields. It gave me a deeper understanding of the real problems that we’re dealing with in the community,” said junior Wilie Jones, who created a podcast on artificial intelligence.
Throughout this project, they examined the Industrial Revolution, gig economies, and how new technologies impact the workforce. They looked to local, global, and personal answers to find answers to some of these current problems. Junior Ava-Kadence Jennings said, “it was interesting seeing labor issues in the past and seeing how they compared to the present issues in our economy. When we are entering the workforce so soon, it's important to know about these issues and reflect on them if not try to solve them.”
They presented their work at Fort Lewis College on December 9, which included a speech on the future of labor, short clips played from 2 of the highlighted podcasts, and a Socratic Seminar, a roundtable discussion with community members on the future of work. .
Humanities teacher, Sara Price reflected, “I really appreciated the level of diversity this year in the [podcasts]. I feel like everyone uniquely made them important for themselves. They diverged a lot from the content I taught, which is good. Listening to them all, they’re all really relevant to today’s changing economy.”
The podcast themes range from the future of education to the pay gap in professional women’s soccer. You can listen to the podcasts by going to animashighpodcasts.weebly.com or by using the QR codes to the right.
By Billie Brand